The growing protests against the Mugabe-led government especially by those who were considered his strong allies, gives rise to speculations that President Robert Mugabe’s regime as Zimbabwe’s leader is fast approaching its tail end.
President Mugabe has in a very short while, received a massive protest against him; this time, not only from common citizens, but also from a number of war veterans who have joined the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ demanding he quit immediately to end the country’s suffering.
Recently, two former key allies of President Robert Mugabe, Simba Makoni and Joice Mujuru, who want to look forward to Mugabe’s Regime end, joined the call for the beleaguered president to resign immediately and even vowed not to support him in the next elections if he does not.
The association also criticized President Mugabe and his government for the recent attacks against peaceful protesters who spoke out about the economy and against the police via social media and conducted a stayaway three weeks ago.
Zimbabwe analysts noted that this could lead to a tragic endgame for the 92-year-old president
“If the war veterans join forces with the national resistance movement driven by civic groups and backed by churches and opposition parties, Mugabe, already on the ropes and hanging on to power by [his] fingernails, could soon face his Waterloo.”
Zimbabwe is no doubt in an economic crack down leading lack of money to even pay salaries and do other things in the country. This has in turn led to a growing lack of confidence in the government who the citizens believe are doing nothing to improve their situations.
Even soldiers who are usually the first to be paid in the country are currently not receiving their pays. Hence the quest for a speedy end to Mugabe’s Regime.
On Saturday, the governing Zanu-PF struck back at the war veterans, calling them “treasonous” and “traitorous.” Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also a war veteran, delivered a more muted response.
The war veterans who were long known as campaign foot soldiers for Mugabe, said they would no longer be supporting him as he was dictator and that they look forward to a hasty end to Mugabe’s Regime.
Do Not Worry About Mugabe’s Threats
Former Vice-President Joice Mujuru, who has joined veterans of the liberation war, said over the weekend: “I want to tell war veterans not to be scared with threats that your farms will be repossessed and your pensions freezed. That won’t happen,” she told a rally about 100km southeast of Harare, which she addressed as leader of her new political party Zimbabwe First.
Mujuru, who was a long-time member of Zanu-PF, was stripped of her position and expelled from the party in late 2014 after she declared her interest in succeeding Mugabe. The attack on her was led by Grace Mugabe’s supporters.
Further more, another war veteran, Rugare Gumbo, a former Zanu-PF spokesman also expelled from Zanu-PF in 2014 and now a supporter of Mujuru’s party, said on Sunday that criticism against Mugabe will increase as more people are interested in the fight to pull him down.
“The statement was issued by genuine war veterans. They were in Mozambique. We knew them there. They fought in the war, and the situation in Zimbabwe now is very poor. So many are suffering. The criticism was correct. You will see more and more of them criticizing Mugabe.”
To this rising criticism embellished with protest, veteran Zimbabwean political analyst Brian Raftopoulos, head of the Platform for Concerned Citizens, said after Mutsvangwa was sacked – and even before the war veterans association abandoned him: “Yes, finally this seems to be the end of the road for Mugabe, and I can’t see him standing for re-election in 2018.
Raftopoulos said Mugabe will be gone before the 2018 elections. “People on the streets and groups saying it and I can see with my own eyes, that there is almost no respect left for Mugabe and a lot less fear of him as well” he noted.